Kim Shattuck, longtime frontwoman of punk rock band The Muffs and former member of the Pixies, has passed away at the age of 56. She died after a two-year battle with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
Serving as lead guitarist in Los Angeles punk band The Pandoras, Shattuck formed The Muffs in 1991. Among their most notable songs were “Sad Tomorrow”, “Lucky Guy”, and a cover of Kim Wilde’s “Kids in America” (which appeared on the Clueless soundtrack). She was also a member of the Pandoras and the Coolies, and performed guest vocals for punk bands including NOFX and Bowling for Soup.
Shattuck’s husband Kevin Sutherland announced her death in an Instagram post which was then shared on Facebook by former Muffs guitarist Melanie Vammen: “This morning the love of my life Kim passed peacefully in her sleep after a two year struggle with ALS. I am the man I am today because of her. She will live with all of us through her music, our shared memories and in her fierce creative spirit. I love you always my Kimmy. Thank you for sharing your life with me.”
Many friends and former bandmates also took to social media to share their condolences with fellow Muffs bandmates stating: “We are very sorry to announce the passing of our bandmate and dear friend Kim Shattuck. Besides being a brilliant songwriter, rocking guitarist and singer/screamer extraordinaire, Kim was a true force of nature. While battling ALS, Kim produced our last album, overseeing every part of the record from tracking to artwork. She was our best friend and playing her songs was an honor. Goodbye Kimba. We love you more than we could ever say.”
THE MUFFS - KIDS IN AMERICA
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